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About Felician Mission: Haiti

Praise the Lord! We thank our God for everyone who has prayed for and supported our efforts as we continue our journey in Jacmel, Haiti. We have been here since 2012 and so many good things have happened that we wanted to share a few stories with you! We live among the marginalized and those living in poverty, accompanying them through the challenges and celebrating the joys of life. Join us on our journey and please keep us in your prayers as we keep you in our prayers.

Hope fills the air…

These days in Haiti have not been easy, especially for the children. They come to us for peace of mind and heart, for food and to have some kind of normalcy in their lives. We are trying our best to continue activities.

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

Please pray for 17 missionaries kidnapped in Port au Prince!

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A gang blamed for kidnapping five priests and two nuns earlier this year in Haiti is now accused of kidnapping 17 missionaries from a U.S.-based organization, including a 2-year-old, police said Sunday.

The 400 Mawozo gang kidnapped the group — which also included some elderly people — in Ganthier, a commune that lies east of the capital of Port-au-Prince, Haitian police inspector Frantz Champagne told The Associated Press.

The gang, whose name roughly translates to 400 “inexperienced men,” controls the Croix-des-Bouquets area that includes Ganthier, where they carry out kidnappings and carjackings and extort business owners, according to authorities.

Haiti is once again struggling with a spike in gang-related kidnappings that had diminished in recent months, after President Jovenel Moïse was fatally shot at his private residence on July 7 and a 7.2-magnitude earthquake killed more than 2,200 people in August.

The missionaries were on their way home Saturday from building an orphanage, according to a message from Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries sent to various religious missions.

“This is a special prayer alert,” the one-minute message said. “Pray that the gang members would come to repentance.”

The message says the mission’s field director is working with the U.S. Embassy, and that the field director’s family and one other unidentified man stayed at the ministry’s base while everyone else visited the orphanage.

No other details were immediately available.

A U.S. government spokesperson said officials were aware of the reports on the kidnapping.

“The welfare and safety of U.S. citizens abroad is one of the highest priorities of the Department of State,” the spokesperson said, declining further comment.

Meanwhile, a senior U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the United States is in touch with Haitian authorities to try to resolve the case.

Gangs have demanded ransoms ranging from a couple hundred dollars to more than $1 million, according to authorities.

Last month, a deacon was killed in front of a church in the capital of Port-au-Prince and his wife kidnapped, one of dozens of people who have been abducted in recent months.

At least 328 kidnapping victims were reported to Haiti’s National Police in the first eight months of 2021, compared with a total of 234 for all of 2020, according to a report issued last month by the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti known as BINUH.

Gangs have been accused of kidnapping schoolchildren, doctors, police officers, busloads of passengers and others as they grow more powerful. In April, a man who claimed to be the gang leader of the 400 Mawozo told a radio station that they were the ones responsible for kidnapping five priests, two nuns and three relatives of one of the priests that month. They were later released.

A protest is scheduled for Monday to decry the nation’s lack of security.

“Political turmoil, the surge in gang violence, deteriorating socioeconomic conditions — including food insecurity and malnutrition — all contribute to the worsening of the humanitarian situation,” BINUH said in its report. “An overstretched and under-resourced police force alone cannot address the security ills of Haiti.”

On Friday, the U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to extend the U.N. political mission in Haiti.

The kidnapping of the missionaries comes just days after high-level U.S. officials visited Haiti and promised more resources for Haiti’s National Police, including another $15 million to help reduce gang violence, which this year has displaced thousands of Haitians who now live in temporary shelters in increasingly unhygienic conditions.

Among those who met with Haiti’s police chief was Uzra Zeya, U.S. under secretary of state for civilian security, democracy, and human rights.

“Dismantling violent gangs is vital to Haitian stability and citizen security,” she recently tweeted. 

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Coto reported from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Matthew Lee in Washington contributed to this report.

 
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Posted by on October 17, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

Celebrating the Transistus of Blessed Mary Angela

On Saturday, October 9, our community gathered to celebrate and remember the transitus of our beloved foundress, Blessed Mary Angela. Gathering around the Word of God and the candle light that represented her life and legacy, we remembered…

Do not conform yourselves to this age, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God…Romans 12:2
All were invited to venerate the relic of Mother Angela.

Blessed Angela your light we want to be…sung in three languages.

May the Lord be your everything everywhere in place of everyone. May He fill your soul with all kinds of consolations. Mother Angela

 
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Posted by on October 11, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

Sharing the Felician Haiti Mission

On Saturday, October 2, Sisters Izajasza and Julitta gave presentations on the Felician Haiti Mission in Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Polish School.

Sister Izajasza tells her story about the Mission in Haiti to the older kids.
Sister Julitta teaches the young children a song of praise!
Sister Julitta tells her story about the Mission in Haiti to the younger kids.

 
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Posted by on October 3, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

Mission appeals for Felician Haiti Mission near and far…

Peace and all good be with you! On Saturday evening, September 25, and Sunday, September 26, we were making mission appeals near and far. In the Gospel on the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, we heard: “Anyone who gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ, amen, I say to you, will surely not lose his reward.” This was last Sunday’s Gospel that gave us the opportunity to do mission appeals here in New Jersey and in Warsaw, Poland.

The people of God have given and are continuing to give many “cups of water”to the Felician Haiti Mission. Your generosity, prayer and support have once again reflected God’s unconditional love for the poor.

We are very grateful and will keep in our daily prayer you and your intentions in thanksgiving for all the good you have done.

Sister Inga was sharing the Felician Haiti Mission in Warsaw, Poland.
Some of her helpers…
Sister Julitta was sharing the Felician Haiti Mission at all the Polish Masses in Wallington, NJ.
Sister Marilyn was sharing the Felician Haiti Mission at all the English Masses in Wallington, NJ.
Some of our helpers…



 
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Posted by on September 28, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

“And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17

We have so many opportunities to live in many ways: by being present to one another, by sharing mercy and compassion, and by sharing the resources we have received with the less fortunate. Our brothers and sisters in Haiti continue to experience the effects of the earthquake of August 14. The aftermath challenges livelihoods and will continue to challenge their daily lives. What is the way we can accompany and assist them? We need to be ready and to share the medications, clothing and other materials, which are being sent down in a container, that will aid and give hope. So many people have responded to this call from near and far. Monetary donations have already been put into place with medications and access to clean water. This is happening because of you. Your generous response is making a difference. This is what it means to put flesh on “whatever you do, in word and deed, do in the name of the Lord…” All things are possible with God!

Our Christian Charity Sisters from Mendham, N.J. blessed us with new clothes and food.
Thank you Notchview Dental for the toothpaste, toothbrushes, and other needed dental items.
Cindy and Evelyn, our friends from Bayonne, NJ

 
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Posted by on September 9, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

Sending clean water to Les Cayes

Our team in Jacmel is preparing to go to Les Cayes to train women to use buckets and filters to provide clean water for the people in need! Thank you for your support in helping Haitians to help themselves.

Fritz (left), our driver for the Mother Angela Clinic, picks up buckets and water filters for Les Cayes to share with earthquake victims in order for them to have much-needed clean water.
 
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Posted by on August 27, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

An opportunity to help our Haitian brothers and sisters…

On Saturday, August 14, after the devastating earthquake in the morning and a few aftershocks in the afternoon and evening, we received a message from Caritas that there is need for medications and clothing clothing to be sent to Les Cayes and Jeremie. The earthquake had destroyed buildings, homes, and roads. It killed and wounded hundreds of people. We immediately went to the container to get whatever clothing, shoes, sheets and towels we had. We also were able to pack medications, bandages and surgical gloves. The plan was that on Monday Caritas would pick up the boxes and go to Les Cayes with them. We are vigilant now of Tropical S torm Grace heading our way and moving towards Les Cayes. We are praying that God will be merciful in this area where people do not have shelter but are in tents or on the streets right now.

This was a donation from the Youth and Young Adult Center, Kearny, NJ, that we received last year. They had sent us over a 1,000 t-shirts that they could not use due to the COVID lockdown. We had given hundreds away, and still many more leftover. Thank you for your generosity that enabled us to help the earthquake victims!
We still had some boxes of children’s shoes and flip flops.
Immaculate Conception High School, Lodi, NJ, last year donated all their sport uniforms because they were getting new ones. Last Christmas, they were gifts for kids, but we had a box left over. Now they can be shared with those in need in Les Cayes. Thank you ICHS for help with our earthquake victims!
Packing boxes of medications, especially bandages, pain medications, and surgical gloves.
Your generosity throughout the year makes it possible for us to always be ready to assist in times of disaster.
Packing and labeling boxes…

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

Another earthquake strikes…

This morning at about 8:30 a.m., we experienced an earthquake. We were in our rooms, praying when each of us experienced something different. One sister thought she was dizzy; another felt her room spin; and another felt her chair shake so she thought the cat was underneath the chair. Sr. Inga yelled, “Earthquake; get out of the house!” Without hesitancy, we all ran. As we went outside, we could hear everyone in our area yelling and screaming. Dogs and animals were also crying out! We are okay, and there is no damage here. Now we are in danger of a tsunami. Please pray for Haiti!

 
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Posted by on August 14, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

First Holy Communion

On Sunday, August 8, 16 young children and teens celebrated their First Holy Communion at the Felician Haiti Mission. After two years of faith formation at our mission, the children and teens were ready to receive for the first time the Body and Blood of Jesus. Preparations for the day were many, and it took a village to make it happen.

Two months ago, the measuring and sewing began as Sisters Izzy and Julitta went to the market to buy the materials for the communion dresses and robes. After taking measurements, the sewing began with the help of Junior and Rosemarie who made the crowns. There was the learning and practicing of dances and, of course, choir rehearsal.

We also wanted to be sure everyone had the opportunity to continue the celebration. With the help of Annette, Adeline and Melinda, the sisters made and beautifully decorated 16 cakes.

The Lord gave us a beautiful sunny day to embrace us all, especially those who received him in the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist for the first time.

The children were ready, and the procession began with joy and praise. The children prepared the readings, the intercessions and two liturgical dances–one for the Gloria and one for the Magnificat after Communion. After the final blessing, the children processed to the statue of Mary to offer their hearts and to ask Mary for protection in this life as they make their journey to Heaven.

Sisters Izzy and Julitta made all the dresses and the boy’s clothing.
Sister Inga, with the help of her catechists prepared the children. For two years the children have been participating in our Faith Formation Program.
The Choir!
“He gave them bread from heaven to eat.”
“He gave them bread from heaven to eat.”
“He gave them bread from heaven to eat.”
Magnificat!
 
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Posted by on August 11, 2021 in Uncategorized